Since the 2019 vintage Roland Vellich, a master of Blaufrankisch, has bottled small amounts of his sites on the Lutzmannsberg plateau separately, showcasing their unique and distinct terroir. The Kirchberg is surrounded by forests and was planted between 1921 and the 1980s. It is the coolest and steepest slope in Lutzmannsberg with the highest lime and chalk content. The Kirchberg is lithe and fine. Long silky tannins, significant spice, and bright blue aromatic fruits. It is a truly Burgundian rendering of Blaufrankisch and one that invites contemplation.
Since 2019 Roland Vellich the master of Blaufrankisch has taken a new approach to his prized bottlings of the Lutzmannsberg plateau creating 3 separate bottlings that show the individual terroirs of the remains of a volcano and its varied soils. The Maissner bottling comes from vines planted in 1906 and 1930 in heavy clay with significant iron in the soil. Roland says that 2020 had a long cool dry growing season which meant serious phenolics and lower alcohols when he harvested in October. The wine is dense with tons of aromatics and silky long tannins. Another stellar example of his spectacular take on Blaufrankisch and the unique soils of the Lutzmannsberg.